Book is used in Very Good condition. Cover in excellent condition. Some pages show wear around the edges. No writing. 4th Edition
Mark's new book is out! "Magnum Steno: Beginning Theory" is Mark's latest theory book, and he's super excited about it!
How is it different from "Magnum Steno: Write Short - Write Fast"? Because it has all his briefs and phrases appearing in the order of how common they are. In other words, the earlier you are in the book, the more common the word/phrase is!
This book will soon be in many schools.
This amazing book is Mark's "magnum opus." Designed for the professional reporter, all of Mark's short-writing secrets are revealed in an easy-to-study format! 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Writing short is the main key to machine shorthand speed and accuracy.
- Spiral-bound: 525 pages
- Publisher: Magnum Steno (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427631832
- ISBN-13: 978-1427631831
Phoenix Theory Writer Makes Huge Strides in Shortening Using Mark's Theory Ideas
Just for fun, I went through the dictation today at a very slow speed so I could write a minute or so perfectly, just so I could accurately get the number of strokes I write.
Here's what I found:
Counting the first 313 words (not including Q&A's and punctuation), I wrote 253 strokes (which includes all Q&A and punctuation strokes.) (I also missed a few briefs I usually use. So that total would probably be more like 250.) [This equates to 81 strokes per 100 words, a figure worthy of high praise! - Mark]
As we were going through your review of your writing, I noticed that I was probably about 90% as short as your writing is for that take! With the exception of my "a," "the" and comma and period, my writing is nearly identical to yours. Yes, I've been doing a LOT of studying of your theory.
So It's been close to two years since I've used purely Phoenix. So I can barely even remember how my writing was. It's funny, because in some ways it doesn't even seem very long ago. But I went through that 313 words and counted how many I would have written before starting Magnum Steno. I counted 338!!! And that was even with me doing a lot of Phoenix briefs and phrasing like "that was" and "where were" briefs. And I'm almost certain that's a very conservative estimate. Because I caught myself several times counting certain words as one stroke when it should have been two or three. So I'm sure I missed some and it should be more like 345+ strokes for my Phoenix style.
I also noticed that this dictation wasn't extra rich in a lot of the phrasing I use. For instance, things like "And I wouldn't have been" or "because you were not," weren't in this transcript. Also, there weren't many -ed and -ing words in this transcript, which I used to write in separate strokes. (why I was taught to do that, I have no clue.) So in many cases, the disparity of my writing in 2013 compared to now would be even far greater! But I think this little sample pretty well illustrates how much shorter my writing is.
Thank you so much for your help and your theory! I started doing realtime in court a couple days ago for the very first time. With Phoenix, I wouldn't have had a PRAYER doing realtime. Some people can do it with Phoenix. I just couldn't. No matter how hard I tried.
Anyway, you really have changed my life and the direction of my career. No question. I still have a lot of work to do. But I've come so far. I'm starting to eye the RMR now. I think I can get it next year if I practice every day.
DR, RPR, CSR #13508
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